Main Street, USA

Defined by its picturesque canal and streets, this distinctive neighborhood was once the center of the city’s 19th-century mill industry. Today, it’s home to a mix of established families that have lived in the ’hood for generations, young singles and recent college graduates. At night, the bars and restaurants of Manayunk draw visitors from across the Delaware Valley and around the world.

Must See:

1. With more than 20 furniture outlets in just a few short blocks — ranging from big brands to office furnishings to vintage — Main Street boasts the largest such cluster on the East Coast.

2. Try walking up the Levering Street, also known as the Manayunk Wall, a 17%-grade hill made famous by the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship.

Friday-night Lights:

Philadelphians are serious about their regionally produced craft beer; the city’s first brew house was established in 1685. Manayunk’s First Friday event — a night of art gallery hopping and boutique shopping — provides the  perfect opportunity to visit area restaurants and bars to sample the wide variety of local ales and lagers. For more places to shop, dine or eat, click here.

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